People keen to influence the future of the NHS in Dorset are being encouraged to make their views known this weekend.

The What Would You do? campaign was launched in April by independent health and care champion Healthwatch Dorset to encourage people in the county to share their views on how extra money from the Government should be spent on local NHS services.

People can share their views through an online survey but only have until this Sunday 19 May, when the survey closes.  Over 140 people have shared their views with Healthwatch Dorset so far and some of the common themes have been access to GP’s, mental health services and support for long term health conditions.

A student at Weymouth College told Healthwatch Dorset: “I have anxiety and depression, the most important for thing for me is to have health professionals who take the time to really listen to me.”

89-year-old James Sanger, from Poole said: “I would like to see as part of the NHS Long Term Plan better communication to dementia patients and their families on the help and support available to them.”

Louise Bate, Healthwatch Dorset Manager, said: “We know that the NHS only works when people’s voices are heard.  This is a chance for local people to help decide where this extra money from Government should be spent in our NHS services in Dorset.

“We want to hear from as many people, groups and communities as possible to ensure the local plans reflect the needs of our population.  Tell us what works, what doesn’t and how people think local health services should be improved.  No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it.  Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy – and could make a big difference.”

Read more details: www.healthwatchdorset.co.uk/project/nhs-long-term-plan/